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Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 13

Introduction

The Lenovo Yoga 13 is a Windows 8 ultrabook laptop/tablet hybrid.

This page is just for discussing using Linux on the Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 13. For a general discussion about this laptop you can visit the Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 13 page on LapWik.

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Specifications

For full specifications see the Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 13 specifications page.

NameLenovo IdeaPad Yoga 13
Processor3rd generation Intel Core i7-3537U
3rd generation Intel Core i7-3517U
3rd generation Intel Core i5-3317U
3rd generation Intel Core i3-3217U
Screen13.3“ 1600×900 Widescreen
RAMUp to 8GB
HDDUp to 256GB
Optical DriveNone
GraphicsIntel HD Graphics 4000
NetworkNo Ethernet
Lenovo 802.11 bgn

Linux Compatibility

DeviceCompatibilityComments
ProcessorYes
ScreenPartialTouchscreen functions, but autorotation does not work, and brightness requires a workaround (see notes)
HDDYes
Graphics ChipYes
HDMI OutNot Tested
SoundNot Tested
Built-in MicrophoneNot Tested
Headphone JackNot Tested
Microphone JackNot Tested
WirelessNoA custom wireless driver can be compiled (see notes)
BluetoothNot Tested
USBYes
Card ReaderNot Tested
WebcamYes
Touch PadYes
Suspend/ResumeYesSometimes throws benign errors that can be ignored

Notes

Wifi

Wifi does not work out of the box. You can compile a custom driver from scratch. (Be advised that you will need to do this again any time you upgrade your kernel, so keep the source around for later.)

On a computer with internet access and a USB drive, go to https://github.com/lwfinger/rtl8723au, download the master .ZIP, and drop it onto the USB drive.

On your Lenovo Yoga 13, insert the USB stick and unpack the .ZIP file to a folder somewhere in your home directory. Move into that folder and run the following:

make && sudo make install && sudo modprobe 8723au

Wifi should now function.

Screen Brightness

Brightness controls do not function out of the box. You can work around the issue by taking these steps:

* Edit the /etc/default/grub file
* Add “acpi_backlight=vendor” to your GRUB_DEFAULT command line, e.g. GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX_DEFAUT=“quiet splash acpi_backlight=vendor”
* Run the sudo update-grub command
* Blacklist the ideapad_laptop by adding “blacklist ideapad_laptop” to the /etc/modprobe.d/blacklist.conf file

Brightness controls should now function.

Dual-booting Considerations

Dual-booting can be difficult to configure. Windows 8 is only compatible with UEFI; this means if you intend to dual-boot Windows 8 and Linux, you will need to find a Linux distro that is compatible with 64-bit UEFI. Depending on the distro, you may also have to disable Secure Boot.

Lenovo's UEFI/BIOS firmware implementation can sometimes have trouble recognizing partitions higher than six. This may lead the firmware to not recognize your Linux partition as bootable. To workaround, make sure the Linux partition is one of the first six.

Summary

Compatibility OOTB is mediocre. Most things will work fine, but requiring the compilation of a custom wifi driver and modifying GRUB_DEFAULT makes putting Linux on this laptop out of reach for most non-technical users.


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